TASSP and Lead Your School Presents: 


October 1-2, 2023 at the Hilton Austin Airport

$285 through September 15, 2023; After September 15, $335

This program is for ALL GRADE-LEVEL student teachers, teachers, instructional coaches, assistant principals, principals and central office administrators.

The Fundamental 5 are the instructional practices that help make learning stick and can be used from kindergarten through high school, in any classroom, with any subject. The Fundamental 5 represents the first line of defense in intervention strategies for struggling students while also positioning academically stronger students to achieve at levels previously beyond the collective imagination of the profession.


Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from Ruben Perez, Sean Cain and the Lead Your School team with the sequel to the Fundamental 5 book –The Fundamental 5 Revisited - Exceptional Instruction in Every Setting. Sean Cain will have his sequel available to purchase at this conference!

Keynote Speaker: Ruben G. Perez has been in education since 1988. His firsthand experience with students considered at-risk (school dependent) comes from various positions. In K–8 he taught general education, English language learners, and preforming arts. As a district administrator for K–12, he focused on closing the achievement gap, teacher retention, economic and cultural diversity, and districtwide dropout interventions. He specialized in working with students who felt disenfranchised with school and the community around them. He is well familiar with effective techniques that work with students who are predisposed to tantrums and apathy.

Keynote Speaker: Sean Cain spent the formative years of his career working in difficult instructional settings. Recognized for the success of both his students and the systems he designed and implemented, he quickly moved up through the instructional leadership ranks. This culminated in his last public education position as State Director of Innovative School Redesign (Texas). Currently, Cain serves as the Chief Idea Officer for Lead Your School (LYS), a confederation of successful school leaders dedicated to improving student, campus, and district performance.

Dr. Mike Laird is currently a public school administrator as well as an adjunct professor, who mentors aspiring school leaders. Along with his continuing service to public education as a teacher, coach, assistant principal, principal, and assistant superintendent, he proudly served his country for twenty-two years as an officer in the United States Army Reserve. Dr. Laird is a well-respected presenter at both the local and national levels and continues to present at conferences, such as the National Association of Secondary School Principals and the American Association of School Administrators. His current focus is on the leadership and methods necessary to “rapidly” improve the academic performance of students in today’s high stakes accountability environment.

Join Ruben G. Perez, Sean Cain, Dr. Mike Laird, Josh Tovar, Lesa Cain, Sherilyn Cotten and the Lead Your School team in this essential training! Also featuring various schools sharing hands-on application using the Fundamental 5 processes on their campuses. 

Sunday, October 1st
12:00 Noon – 5:00 PM  |  Registration at the Hilton Austin Airport
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM  |  Welcome and Opening Session with Ruben Perez

2:45 PM – 3:45 PM  |  SET 1 - Breakout Sessions with Presenters:

  • Sean Cain, Coach, Lead Your School
  • James Cline, Director, Galena Park ISD
  • Jay Matthew, Assistant Principal, Tompkins High School, Katy ISD
  • Josh Tovar, Principal, Memorial Pathway Academy, Garland ISD
  • Monica Miller, Principal, Liberty Hill Middle School, Liberty Hill ISD

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM  |  SET 2 - Breakout Sessions Repeat of Set 1

Monday, October 2nd
8:00 AM – 8:30 AM  |  Coffee Service
8:30 AM – 9:30 AM  |  General Session with Sean Cain
9:45 AM – 10:45 AM  |  SET 3 - Breakout Sessions with Presenters:

  • Ruben Perez, Ruben Speaks
  • Sherilynn Cotten, Coach, Lead Your School
  • Tracy Dennis, School Improvement Specialist, ESC 2
  • Ranesia Davenport Edwards, Associate Principal, Dwight D. Eisenhower High School, Aldine ISD
  • Meghan McMurrey, Morton Ranch Jr. High School, Katy ISD
  • Brandi Corbin, Principal, Fairdale High School, Jefferson County Public Schools

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM  |  SET 4 - Breakout Sessions Repeat of Set 3
12:00 PM – 12:45 PM  |  Lunch Provided
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM  |  SET 5 - Breakout Sessions with Presenters:

  • Terry Clappsaddle, Coach, Lead Your School
  • Dr. Tricia Tsang, Assistant Principal, Rhoads ES, Katy ISD
  • Cynthia Retana, Director, Ector County ISD
  • Sandy Rodriguez, Morton Ranch Jr. High School, Katy ISD
  • Dr. Mike Laird, Coach, Lead Your School

2:15 PM – 3:15 PM  |  SET 6 - Breakout Sessions Repeat of Set 5
3:30 PM – 4:30 PM  |  Planning Session: Work with the LYS Coaches

Educators Across the Country Have Said:

  • Liberty Hill ISD: (Steve Snell, Superintendent of the "A" Rated District) "Having implemented The Fundamental 5, district-wide, in two school districts, I can tell you that it is a simple (not easy) way to align adult behavior and improve student performance on a system level."
  • Cedar Hill ISD: (Dr. Gerald Hudson, Superintendent) "The Fundamental 5 creates a common language between teachers and instructional leaders, which quickly closes the gap between talk and action and improves student performance."
  • Blaine School District: (Dr. Christopher Grainger, Superintendent) "The Fundamental 5 has been instrumental in developing a common language around instruction that has led to an increase in teacher use of high-yield classroom practices. This directly leads to higher student engagement and improved student performance. Better Use of the F5 = Better Student Outcomes."

Five Reasons Why YOU Should Attend:
1. Acquire new skills and tweak the processes currently in place. This Summit provides opportunities to receive training on strategies for increasing student success by implementing proven fundamental pedagogy practices. The Summit also addresses ways to tighten evaluation processes that produce data that highlights areas in need of improvement. It connects with the new T-TESS evaluation. If you attended a Fundamental Five Summit in the past, there will be opportunities to expand previous learning. If you have never attended, get ready to learn! This is rated “the best conference attended” by superintendents, principals, teachers and other attendees.
2. Learn from the best. Learn about Fundamental Five for Student Success strategies from a highly successful instructional leader, Sean Cain. Also, note the enriched conference programming that will include inspiring keynotes, who will motivate and inspire educators to excel in serving student needs. Sessions on how to address implementation will be offered for administrators, both current and aspiring.
3. Incredible networking opportunities. Find a mentor, make new friends, learn from your peers, and make connections to further your own career. This Fundamental Five Summit for Student Success is set-up to promote learning for principals, directors, teachers, and counselors who serve students in grades K-12 while actively engaging with presenters who serve students in K-12 schools. This is a great opportunity to build a stronger network in your district and beyond by participating in this summit.
4. Accrue professional development hours. Opportunities to earn continuing education credits from master teachers in education. The inclusion of three general session keynote speakers expands the depth of professional learning you’ll experience in 2 days!
5. Have fun in Austin!

If you want your classroom or your campus to perform at the highest levels, don't miss the Fundamental 5 National Summit!